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Peabody Pulse

The Peabody Pulse is a newsletter describing news of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cizek interviewed for NBC news magazine

Gregory Cizek, professor of educational evaluation and measurement, was interviewed by television news anchor and reporter Harry Smith for the NBC news magazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams” for a story about cheating on school tests scheduled to air tonight. The story, which focuses on a cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools, is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. For the program, Cizek demonstrated how test scanning technology can detect erasures on students’ tests and detect patterns that indicate possible cheating. Cizek was interviewed in September by Smith and a crew of producers who flew to North Carolina for the story. Be aware that producers with the program say that because “Rock Center” is a live program with taped segments, breaking news may require airing of a shorter version of the story in which Cizek would not appear. For photos of Cizek with Smith, visit the School’s Facebook page.


The Well: Carrillo’s work with Mexican-American boys profiled

Work by Assistant Professor Juan Carrillo is profiled this week in LEARN NC’s blog “The Well.” Carrillo has been researching the narratives of who he calls “Mexican-origin scholarship boys” who have attained a graduate-level education. His work highlights both the gains and losses these individuals encounter as they make their way into academia. The blog posts suggests ways in which teachers can acknowledge Latinos’ backgrounds and help them navigate their way through school. The post is available here.


Reconnect and Recharge session kicks off 2011-12 series

This year’s series of Reconnect and Recharge sessions launched on Nov. 19, with 28 alumni attending the event at the CCEE. The event featured a welcome from Dean McDiarmid and presentations by Associate Professor Jocelyn Glazier and Associate Professor of Early Childhood Intervention and Family Support Harriet Able. Also speaking were two returning participants from the past two years of the program who described how the sessions have affected their own practice. The participants broke into four grade-level groups and discussed case studies that had been sent to them in advance of the session. The next Recharge and Reconnect session will be held on Jan. 28. All faculty are invited to join the group for lunch. For more information, contact either Glazier, Able or Ashley Boyd-Davis, ashlboyd (AT)


School of Education website redesigned

The School of Education’s website has been redesigned. The new look is intended to make navigation easier for the School’s key audiences, with audience-specific navigation buttons, and to more closely match the look of the main UNC-Chapel Hill website. The new School site features “Spotlights,” which will serve as a venue for profiles of faculty, students, staff and School programs. The redesign was carried out by Alec Grossman, the School’s multimedia manager. Important input into the redesign came from several faculty and staff members and students. The new site is available here.


Ware honored at McMichael Professorship reception

A reception on Nov. 18 honored Bill Ware, professor of educational psychology and the School’s inaugural McMichael Term Professor. At the reception, held at the Carolina Inn, several people spoke about Ware, telling how he had influenced their academic careers and personal growth. The McMichael Professorship is intended to recognize and support the teaching and research of a deserving member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education. The recipient receives a stipend during each of the two years he or she holds the professorship. The professorship is funded by an endowment established by the McMichael Family Foundation. An audio slideshow of photos from the reception, accompanied by the audio of Ph.D. candidate Lara-Jeane Costa’s remarks, is available here.


Grumet delivers keynote at Oxford conference

Madeleine Grumet, professor of education, delivered a keynote talk during a symposium on Oct. 23 at the University of Oxford in Oxford England. The talk, entitled “Already at Work in the World: Fictions of Experience in Teacher Education,” was presented at a research symposium supported by the Society for Educational Studies and the Oxford Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research.


Griffin cited in College Board report on counselors

Work by Dana Griffin, assistant professor of school counseling, has been used by the College Board Advocacy and Policy Center's report on school counselors. The report, entitled "School Counselors Literature and Landscape Review: The State of School Counseling in America", was just published, citing four of Griffin’s articles for information on "Connecting Students to Social Supports" and "Family and Community Outreach." The report may be found here.


Cohen-Vogel publishes article in AERA journal

Lora Cohen-Vogel has had an article published in AERA’s Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. The paper, “Staffing to the Test”: Are Today’s School Personnel Practices Evidence Based?”, finds that school leaders are hiring, moving, and developing teachers in an effort to increase their schools’ overall performance. The paper discusses the implications of ‘evidence-based’ staffing for policy, practice and future research.


School of Education taking part in UNC book drive

The School of Education is participating in a book drive for the Book Fairy, an organization that donates books to the Pediatric Oncology Clinic at UNC Hospitals. The drive runs through Dec. 8, 2011. All new or gently-used books for ages one through mid-teen are welcome. The need is especially great for English and Spanish-language board books, the sturdy picture books made for young children. Books may be dropped off in the collection bin in the main lobby of Peabody Hall. For more information, contact Mellie Durrett-Johnson, durrettj (AT)


CCC doctoral students presenting papers Dec. 8

Please plan to join the first-year Culture, Curriculum and Chance doctoral students as they present their research papers on Dec. 8 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in Room 02. The format for the session will be similar to a conference, with two sessions during which papers will be presented. Questions and discussion will occur between the two sessions. All faculty, students and staff are invited and urged to participate. Refreshments will be provided.


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Dec. 8
CCC doctoral student papers
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Room 02

Dec. 9
Faculty-staff Holiday Party
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
RSVP to Laurie Norman